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International Education Policy (IEP)

The International Education Policy Management concentration is designed for those who intend to build an academic career dedicated to the study of education and its effect on social and economic development. The concentration includes K-12 and higher education issues in international education policy. It also helps enhance an understanding of the education system within the U.S. by means of systematic comparison. 

Building on Peabody College's considerable intellectual capital in school administration and higher education leadership, IEPM incorporates the general Ph.D. course requirements for both the K-12 and higher education concentrations, but also benefits from work on human capital, international organizations, and trends in education policy reform at both the higher education and K - 12 levels. The PhD program emphasizes a rigorous training in social scientific methods, both quantitative and qualitative, including economics, sociology and political science.

International Education Policy (IEP) Curriculum

  1. Social Science Core Requirements (15 hours)
    • Politics of Education
    • Sociology of Education
    • Economics of Education
    • Comparative International Education Policy
    • History of Education
  2. Program Core (9 Hours)
    • Education and Economic Development (3 hours)
    • International Issues in Higher Education Policy Reform (3 hours)
    • International Issues in K - 12 Policy Reform (3 hours)
  3. Research Methods (18 hours)
    • Research Design and Methods
    • Intro to Statistics (Inference)
    • Regression Analysis I
    • Regression Analysis II
    • Causal Analysis
    • Qualitative Research Methods
  4. Research Practicum (6 hours – 1 credit in the Fall, 2 credits in the Spring, 3 credits in Maymester of 1st year)
  5. PhD Proseminar (1 hour/year in years 2, 3, and 4)
  6. Electives or Transfer Hours (to total 72 hours)

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